Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona is warning of a new email scam that attempts to fool consumers into thinking they’re receiving a message from the Internal Revenue Service.
The email, which has been spamming inboxes all over the country, looks like this:
From: Internal Revenue Service [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, September 09, 2009 2:45 PM
Subject: Notice of Underreported Income
Taxpayer ID: smith-00000174073547US
Tax Type: INCOME TAX
Issue: Unreported/Underreported Income (Fraud Application)
Please review your tax statement on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website (click on the link below):
XXXXX SCAM HYPERLINK HERE—(removed by BBB for safety reasons)
Internal Revenue Service
BBB and IRS ADVICE
Do not open such emails. The IRS does not send random emails if it needs to communicate an urgent issue with you. Clicking on hyperlinks could take you and your computer to places that may be unsafe, not secure, and will most likely attempt to get you to compromise personal, sensitive info. Just don’t go there.
To find out more about phishing and email scams visit www.tucson.bbb.org
or call (520)888-5353. Visit the IRS’s website
for further information on how to report a phishing scam misusing the revenue service.